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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

A true American epic

I grew up with these characters, and they hold a very special place for me. I have always felt that this simple daily comic strip, looked at as a whole run, becomes a beautiful, hilarious, poignant portrait of an authentically and archetypically American youth.

And I...
I grew up with these characters, and they hold a very special place for me. I have always felt that this simple daily comic strip, looked at as a whole run, becomes a beautiful, hilarious, poignant portrait of an authentically and archetypically American youth.

And I thought maybe part of that was bias from just my nostalgia for my childhood and the 90s, but I was very happy to discover how untrue that is.

My little brother turned 7 recently, and between the fact that 7 is a special birthday in my eyes and that fact that he had just gotten some great Christmas gifts two weeks earlier, I decided to get him this as a gift that would keep on giving for years to come.

When he first saw that the big, heavy, exciting mystery package was just books, he looked utterly disappointed. I saw that and explained to him why I chose the book, and how much I had loved it as a kid, and that he should give it a try even if some of the writing was still a little hard for him to read.

And nothing could have ever made me happier than when he opened the book, started reading from the beginning, and found himself cracking up so hard that for the rest of the night he couldn't put it down, dragging it all around New York City, trying to scrounge up enough light to read by in the car.

And after just seeing him several weeks later for the first time since the gift, I am overjoyed and proud to say he's *still* dragging that absurdly huge book around everywhere, finding anyplace to put it down and read it as soon as he's not on the move. My mom says he's been reading it every night before bed, waking up early to read some in the morning, and when I saw him he was already over 200 pages into the first book.

So there you have it. He doesn't understand all the big words without a little help, and some of the jokes do fly over his head, but he seems to think it's the funniest thing he's ever seen.

The most honest judge of taste imaginable: a seven-year-old boy, who was really disappointed to get books for his birthday.

posted by StefanoEARTH on February 20, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

5 stars for the series - 0 stars for quality of the product shipped

The Calvin and Hobbes series is one of the best comics in North America. Why else would I spend this much money on a classic series?

My review is to warn online shoppers that you may receive damaged goods for this 24 lbs. item. I received the item covered with plas...
The Calvin and Hobbes series is one of the best comics in North America. Why else would I spend this much money on a classic series?

My review is to warn online shoppers that you may receive damaged goods for this 24 lbs. item. I received the item covered with plastic air pillows only to discover that a corner of this item is significantly damaged. The cardboard mailbox showed no physical damage. With no exterior damage to the shipping box, one is left to conclude that the item is initially damaged.

For the price I paid for this item and shipping costs, I expected a high quality item. Lesson learned: this website is not a place to shop online.

posted by Long-time-reader on April 21, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2007

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    For true fans, this collection is a treat. The reproduction of the comic strips are crisp and the Sunday pages come in their full color glory. Watterson chose to retire the strip and he was right to do so. The comic strips of 1995, after an eight-month sabbatical, display the same excellent drawing skills -- but the writing nose-dives and those strips almost seem as if they were scripted by a different person than the clever writer of the earlier years.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    The paperback edition of 'The Complete Calvin and Hobbes' set is

    The paperback edition of 'The Complete Calvin and Hobbes' set is comprised of four volumes in a sturdy slipcase. Each is about 350 pages and contains about two years of the comic strip. The volumes are bound in standard 16 page signatures and glued to the paper spine. They have paper flaps and reproduce the comic faithfully, with dark black ink on bright white backgrounds, and color sections that improve upon my memory of the Sunday strips in the newspaper (also the watercolor incidental illustrations). Each strip is surrounded by a thin screened-back borderline and a faint off-white background. Small captions note the date on which each strip originally appeared and the strips are presented in chronological order.

    I gave the set only four stars because there are blemishes, resulting from the printer's error, on almost every page of all four books, particularly near the foot edge and some near the top left corner (only in the background area). They are faint and I presume present on all copies, hardcover or paperback, so only a minor complaint. There is also some barely noticeable scuffing on the covers resulting from another printer error in the bindery process, probably when the volumes were inserted in the slipcase. Another minor complaint.

    Why buy the 2005 Hardcover edition? Because it's an inch bigger: 12 x 11 x 5 versus the 2012 Paperback edition's 11 x 10 x 4. Also, the hardcover binding is presumably sewn, though some reviews indicate it is glued. If sewn it would last longer than the paperback binding.

    I chose the paperback because it's a little lighter and easier to handle, particularly being four volumes instead of the hardcover's three. I'm going to read these comics, not just store them on a shelf. The hardcover lip will cause the pages (book block) to sag over time unless stored horizontally. The paperback won't have this issue. The images that appear as tip-ins on the hardcovers are reproduced directly on the paper covers so there's no worries about damaging them. Also, the paperback is about 35% less expensive.

    While it could be a little better this is still easily the best reproduction of Calvin and Hobbes that is readily available. Recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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